Low testosterone is a huge contributor to lack of energy, motivation, sex drive, and overall health in men. It can also contribute to more serious issues such as obesity, diabetes, hormonal disorders, infections, and chronic medical conditions. Although it’s normal to see some fluctuation in testosterone levels throughout life, a significant drop may cause one or more of these health issues. Normal testosterone levels will range from around 300 to 900 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). However, when doctors diagnose low T, they typically don’t test total testosterone, and instead test for “free testosterone levels” which is the amount of testosterone that is active in the body at any given time.
Benefits of Testosterone Treatment Therapy
The benefits of testosterone therapy go far beyond improving your sex life—it’s essential for your overall quality of life. If it’s determined that you have low T, testosterone treatment may come in the form of injections, transdermal patches or gels, or subdermal pallets. If you have any questions about which treatment may be right for you, speak with a men’s health expert at Charleston Men’s Clinic.
Many men who take testosterone replacement therapy report increased mood and fewer mood swings throughout the day. When you have optimal testosterone levels, you’ll have more energy and therefore experience less sluggishness, leading to a significant boost to your mood.
Low testosterone is also proven to be linked to depression in men. And although it’s not known whether low T causes depression or depression causes low T, many men have experienced reduced signs of depression after testosterone replacement therapy.
Reduced Body Fat
Testosterone is important for regulating insulin, glucose, and fat metabolism. Our body’s ability to control glucose, insulin, and fat metabolism will decrease if we have low testosterone leading to increased fat and reduced muscle mass. testosterone replacement therapy will reverse these effects and actually help you lose weight and gain back muscle mass.
Improved Bone Strength
Osteoporosis is often thought of as an issue that only women have to worry about. However, men can suffer from it too, possibly due to low testosterone levels. Testosterone increases bone density, decreases resorption, and increases bone mineralization. Since osteoporosis is more common in older men, testosterone replacement therapy may be a great way to improve bone strength in the elderly.
It’s no surprise that T levels are directly linked to your sex drive and reduced chance of developing erectile dysfunction. Although there are many ways to treat erectile dysfunction, men with low T may benefit from testosterone replacement therapy.
These are just a few of the many benefits you will experience from testosterone replacement therapy. Although maintaining optimal testosterone levels will help you live a healthy life and boost your quality of life, it may not be for everyone depending on your medical history, current total and free testosterone levels, and symptoms. Contact a men’s health expert at Charleston Men’s Clinic today to learn more about our testosterone replacement therapy.